Print Your Own Solar Cells on an Inkjet Printer

March 10, 2008 / 23 Comments

solar cells printing Print Your Own Solar Cells on an Inkjet Printer

I am a big fan of solar cells and using them for a greener home, but we all know that investments to get solar energy are usually spicy and not everyone can afford. There is a solution though. Konarka Technologies, a company that builds low cost sources of renewable power affordable and universally available thinks we can print our own solar cells using an inkjet printer.

Konarka has built a printable solar panel film and with the help of a common inkjet printer they can produce build thin photovoltaic solar cells. The technology is innovative as it uses solar cell material as ink and Konarka’s light-activated Power Plastic® that is flexible, lightweight, lower in cost and much more versatile in application than traditional silicon-based solar cells, as paper.

“This essential breakthrough in the field of printed solar cells positions Konarka as an emerging leader in printed photovoltaics.”

Using such technology is only feasible to large productions of solar cells but as it evolves we can expect to see all kinds of solar cells from as small as a window or laptop to as big as car’s roof.

Press release via Inhabitat

23 Responses

  • bob / March 10, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    THIS IS BRILLIANT!!!

  • Uncle B / March 10, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    Low power consumption by using LED lights, microwave cooking, solar heating and superinsulations and improved capacity deep charge electric storage, combined with efficient D.C. solid state refridgeration from Servel in Sweden and some wind power where applicable combined with cheaper solar cells will start a new off-grid cuture that will live happily outside the influence of our current taxation system and polute very little. Combine with these ideas a proper diet, grown at home using modern hydroponics and the hi-rise, our sign of capituation to corporate living, will dissappear, giving way to widespread colonies, connected by satilite phone and in an environmentally and ecologically very friendly way, that will rebuild Americans’ ideals of personal integrity, injinuity, self-reliance and independence from state or corporation. A revival at our fingertips – Yes!

  • Benjamin / March 10, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Wow. When are these available? How much will it cost? Who do I go to to find them? WHEN???

  • Joel / March 10, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    Yeah, it’s brilliant but where is it? The site looks like a VC front and wishlist. It seems there are more and more of these sites that make announcements but produce nothing.

  • J. Pearce / March 10, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    ROFL misleading title, its really not that amazing, THE SOLAR CELLS ARE ALREADY MADE, you buy the solar cell paper at the store, put it through your printer and say the printer made it?!

  • canvasch / March 10, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    Brilliant…?? no…
    THIS IS SPARTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dan / March 10, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    very cool, we can all print our on reduction in our light bill

  • Staunch Republican / March 10, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Well then we need to scuttle this technology and secretly kill all the scientists involved in creating it.

    Here I’ll start “printable solar panels are the leading cause of homosexuality in men. They have also been linked to cancer and heart disease.”

    No? well then “the new printable solar panels are the main reason the cost of oil is going up.”

    *Excellent*

  • Rafaella / March 10, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Yayyyyyyyyy =)

  • salaboy123 / March 10, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    looks cool!

  • jim / March 10, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    THIS IS SPARTAA!!!

  • Tyknappy / March 10, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Now how much will that ink cost?

  • Thomas / March 11, 2008 at 9:57 am

    Way to distort an already misleading load of marketing hype. These things are industrial only for now and the foreseeable future. They are also *FAR* less efficient than traditional solar cells. And fragile. A crimp in the printed plastic means the whole cell needs to be reprinted. Plus, the plastic films they’re printing on are created with fossil fuels.

    The idea has some promise, but due to lower efficiency and shorter effective life, it’s a long way from being cost-efficient.

  • puttputt / March 12, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    THIS IS A SCAM!! I JUST PRINTED A SOLAR CELL ON MY INK JET AND IT DIDN”T WORK!! THESE INKJET BASED SOLAR CELLS ARE SCAMS PUT OUT BY INKJET INK manufacturers TO INCREASE THEIR REVENUES!!

  • xythus / March 12, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    “Low power consumption by using LED lights, microwave cooking, solar heating and superinsulations and improved capacity deep charge electric storage, combined with efficient D.C. solid state refridgeration from Servel in Sweden and some wind power where applicable combined with cheaper solar cells will start a new off-grid cuture that will live happily outside the influence of our current taxation system and polute very little. Combine with these ideas a proper diet, grown at home using modern hydroponics and the hi-rise, our sign of capituation to corporate living, will dissappear, giving way to widespread colonies, connected by satilite phone and in an environmentally and ecologically very friendly way, that will rebuild Americans’ ideals of personal integrity, injinuity, self-reliance and independence from state or corporation. A revival at our fingertips – Yes!”

    Typical f***ing american attitude, that everything belongs to them. I would think that it holds a global appeal , as opposed uniquely to a country of greedy self righteous a-holes!.

  • cfn / March 14, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    How about we just forget about all the scams, and work on the real problem. Gross global over population. It’s at the root of all of our problems.

  • mobs / March 15, 2008 at 2:11 am

    genius!
    a lot of haters i see.
    the technology will only get better. its a start. sorry if ran out the second you heard of this and purchased some film from a bogus company. thats your bad. doesn’t mean it’s a scam. just means your a sucker and bought from bunk company trying to make a buck.
    did you read the directions?

  • Jeff / March 22, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    When is Konarka going to go public? When is konarka going to sell
    this stuff to everyone?

  • me / April 15, 2008 at 9:29 am

    “How about we just forget about all the scams, and work on the real problem. Gross global over population. It’s at the root of all of our problems.”

    Who the hell are you to control people breading? Neither you or anyone has the right to limit or control people if the do no want to be. To bad your mother was not sterilized before you were born; would be a better world already.. Right? NO! Of course not!

    As far a energy goes, the solution to energy problems is already here.

  • Patrick Star / July 29, 2008 at 10:06 am

    This seems like a wonderful addition to an already impressive array of energy producing devices that will make the future a little better for generations to come. Hopefully, it won’t be so expensive that regular people cannot afford it.

    If only there were a way to convert negative energy into something useful. For example, if we were able to tap a seemingly limitless source of negative energy, such as the pitiful-envy Xythus garners towards the U.S., and covert it, we could power not only the Earth, but perhaps some colonies on the Moon, or Mars. I think that kind of technology would have a galactic appeal, if not a universal one.

    Who’s being greedy now Xythus? You silly little Earthling. This comment, saturated with sarcasym, would be another excellent source of negative energy. Xythus’ retaliation would be yet even another source. The possibilities are endless, as is the ends to which people will go to put each other down. God Bless America!

  • sponge bob lawer pant / September 19, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    can u buy these items yet
    what type of plastic do you use
    where can i find the design

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  • Billy Pilgrim / November 20, 2008 at 7:39 am

    How much Konarka / MPK sandwich does it take to produce something usable by an NEV, Say 350 Watts, 36 volts?

  • dd / January 16, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    cfn : typical atheistist/evolutionist comment about global over-population. We could get rid of global overpopulation by getting rid of people like cfn, Ted Turner, and others who think everybody ELSE should die to give more resources to the idiots who waste them for their personal gain at everyone else’s expense.

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